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The Action Network: Best bets for the All-Star Race

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics andis a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the annual All-Star Race. As has been the case in recent years, there are two races.First, the Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET, FS1) hosts all the drivers not yet eligible for the main event. The winner of each of the three stages of the Open will transfer to the main race. The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race main event goes off at 8 p.m. ET, also on FS1.There are many ways a driver can become eligible for the All-Star Race, and the format is different from most NASCAR races. I suggest you read this excellent primer that gives all the details before placing any bets.Charlotte is a 1.5-mile quad-oval that has a fairly old surface. That means its tire wear should be relatively high. However, the cars are running the aero ducts, so this is the first 1.5-mile oval with high tire wear and aero ducts. The other high tire wear tracks were Atlanta (no aero ducts) and Auto Club (2-mile oval), and both were run in the heat of the day, instead of at night.Kansas was a night race last weekend, and Las Vegas also ran the aero ducts. I’m planning on using data from all 1.5-mile tracks this year in my evaluation of the All-Star Race.Because this race has a lot of unknowns, we should only pick the very best value bets. Hence, my card will be quite small this weekend. Let’s get to the picks.RELATED: Race-day betting oddsA quick primer on the odds below: A $100 bet at +700 odds would profit $700, while a $200 wager at -200 odds would pay out $100.Kevin Harvick +700 to WinHarvick easily led in green-flag speed at Kansas last weekend — the only night race of the year to date. He was also second in green flag speed at Atlanta, first at Las Vegas, and 13th at Texas, which is the newest surface during a day race — about as far away from Charlotte conditions as you can get.Also, let’s not forget that he dominated last year’s race, leading 36 laps en route to his second career All-Star win.Harvick was plenty fast in practice, posting the fastest 10-lap average in first practice, and the third-best average in final practice. He starts third in the main event.Clint Bowyer +1500 to WinBowyer opened at +1400 at the Westgate and went on to win the pole position for the main event. However, a bit of shopping will pay off as Bowyer is currently 15-1 to win at MGM properties.Bowyer was one of a quintet of Fords to post a 10-lap average over 176 mph in final practice, with everyone else clocking in at least 0.5 mph slower. He’ll have his teammate Harvick starting directly behind him, and it’s a solid bet that one of the two will control the early portion of the race, putting them in prime position to contend for a win late.Ryan Blaney +2000 to Win, +500 for Top 3 FinishBlaney has a less-than-stellar record at Charlotte, posting only one top-10 finish in seven career Cup Series starts on the 1.5-mile oval (he did win last year’s race on the Charlotte Roval, but that provides no quantitative value in analyzing 1.5-mile performance).However, Blaney does have an Xfinity Series win in 2017, and has three top-four finishes in four Xfinity starts. That’s important, because the current rules more closely approximate the Xfinity Series than in the past.Blaney also lead all drivers in 10-lap speed in final practice. In a short field with only 19 drivers, the 20-1 value to win offered at the DraftKings Sportsbook is too good to pass up.Blaney starts mid-pack in ninth, which means he’s in an interesting spot to play the strategy game. He and his crew chief could gamble at some point in the race and use an alternate tire or fuel strategy giving us a nice third driver to pair with Harvick and Bowyer who should be on the main, front-runner strategy. It’ll be nice to have drivers on different strategies, so our eggs are in multiple baskets.Even if Blaney doesn’t use the alternate strategy, he’s still the fastest car in practice and an Xfinity winner at this track.last_img read more

Legacy CDC awarded grant from Dallas bank

first_img Through this unique grant program, FHLB Dallas member institutions contribute from $500 to $6,000 to a CBO, which FHLB Dallas matches at a new, higher 5:1 ratio (compared to the previous 3:1 ratio) resulting in a match of up to $30,000.“Legacy Community Development Corporation’s holistic approach is making an impact in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange for low- to moderate-income families,” said Greg Hettrick, first vice president and director of Community Investment at FHLB Dallas. “They provide new homes along with education to help ensure that families become successful homeowners. We are proud to join Allegiance Bank in supporting this community-building work on the Texas Gulf Coast.” “We look forward to utilizing the awarded grant funds to expand our downtown Port Arthur redevelopment efforts. The funds will be used to acquire additional lots to build affordable housing units for qualified families. We are so appreciative for the opportunity to help families achieve the American dream.”“We are very thankful for the support that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has provided to the communities we serve during this difficult period,” said Marcus Vasquez, vice president and fair banking officer, Allegiance Bank.“The city of Port Arthur has been severely impacted over the past few years by the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda. In addition, the city is now feeling the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allegiance Bank is committed to supporting the recovery efforts in Port Arthur and we are thankful for organizations such as Legacy Community Development Corporation as they have worked diligently to create new, affordable housing in Jefferson County.”Funding of the PGP was increased by $2 million this year under FHLB Dallas’ COVID-19 Relief Program to support community-based organizations involved in affordable housing activities, stimulating small business development or providing small businesses with technical assistance. For 2020, program parameters also were expanded to include COVID-19 relief. Allegiance Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas have awarded a $21,000 Partnership Grant Program grant to the Legacy Community Development Corporation, which serves Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.PGP grants help qualified nonprofit organizations fund a variety of administrative activities that are critical to serving their communities. Legacy Community Development Corporation will use the grant money to acquire vacant lots in its downtown Port Arthur revitalization target area.“Legacy Community Development Corporation is so excited to partner with Allegiance Bank and FHLB Dallas,” Executive Director Vivian Ballou said.last_img read more

ABS Issues Guidance for Classing LNG Regasification Vessels

first_imgUS-based classification society ABS has published a guide for building and classing regasification vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.Floating LNG regasification uses specialized ships, commonly referred to as LNG regasification vessels or Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU), which offer a flexible and efficient way to deliver LNG to new and expanding markets. The guide covers both purpose-built LNG regasification vessels and existing LNG carriers that are converted to operate with regasification plants onboard.Furthermore, the ABS guide presents guidance to designers and shipyards developing these types of ships and includes provisions that allow Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) for extended periods of time.“As the LNG supply chain expands, industry is considering its options for getting gas to demanding markets,” says ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solution Patrick Janssens.ABS classed the world’s first LPG carrier conversion, the first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959, as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964, and has extensive experience with the full scope of gas-related assets.last_img read more

Grant dollars arrive to help with post flood slides, drainage improvements

first_imgTOP PHOTO:  This is the look from Cherry Street toward West Beech Street behind JR’s Tires.Here’s how it looks from West Beech Street up to Cherry Street behind the Co-op.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – La Follette continues recovering from the June 7, 2019 historic flood that left the city and surrounding areas devastated.  On Tuesday afternoon, help in the form of grant dollars arrived at La Follette City HallDrainage problems will also receive more attention thanks to the grant.  This is a look at Wheeler Lane during a heavy rain earlier this year.City administrator Jimmy Jeffries announced that a $315,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development was fully approved.  “It’s for drainage improvements and bank stabilization resulting from last spring’s flooding,” said Jeffries.  Areas like Cherry Street come to mind where several slide areas developed as a result of the flooding.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/20/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S AARON HOPKINS)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more